Yeah, I know there have been some down years in Angola basketball, but I feel really sorry for those boys this year - they seem incredibly outmatched. I'm starting to wonder if they'll be playing Hamilton to see who finishes the season with no wins.
So I am kind of confused. The coach wins a state championship by only working with the star athletes. The athletes graduate and the team is not as good. Are you saying the coach was so bad that he needed to be replaced with another coach? I would think that if the coach was good enough to develop players into a state championship team, then he is a pretty good coach. Perhaps the next group of players were simply not as good as the original group. You know you have to have good athletes to win. The best coaches still have to have the horses to win. Besides getting rid of a good coach because they don't win immediately is silly. Good athletic programs have continuity with their staffs.
Oh, by the way, would you also be willing to give up the state championship that the school won because they were not as good the next year? I think most people would be very pleased with having won a state championship in any sport, even tiddly-winks.
Last edited by tdl_auburn; 12-30-2010 at 01:15 PM.
I was hoping that Ken F. was tuned in, or somebody in Angola that follows the team more closely could comment. I suspect that this team is a lot shorter on talent than most Angola teams of years past, and they obviously are one of the more height challenged teams that they've had, but still - seeing them 0-7 is pretty surprising.
Look at New England and the success they have had as a result of Bill Belichick and his long tenure and stability.
Switching coaches every couple of years doesn't work. If you don't believe me, ask some of my fellow Notre Dame fans.
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TheBigB. Angola has good athletes, but their development as basketball players is far behind compared to where they are at in their main sports. If you know the roster, you know the main sports of most of the kids. And we all know teams are built in the offseason. The way things have gone so far gives you a good idea that not much work was done in the offseason. At Angola, with enrollment of around 900, it has no built-in excuses that should allow for this to happen... The Hornets turn the ball over at an alarming rate by their standards and a program that relies on scoring balance only has three guys who can score regularly.... Lakeland and Westview are smaller than Angola and are not very deep, but they can both handle the ball and shoot it well and are basketball brilliant in terms of fundamentals, instinct and basketball IQ.
Last edited by kenf; 12-31-2010 at 12:07 AM.
And the 2-win season ends with a fizzle - a whopping 63-15 loss to Concordia (it was 43-5 at the half).
The worst season for the Hornet boys in recent history.
Records for Indiana teams are readily available on the internet nowadays and its the worst record for a Hornet boys basketball team in at least 18 years (previous worst in that time span was nine wins). The 15 point output is also the lowest in 18 years. And by the way, the 15 points is the lowest ANY Indiana team has scored through the first two days of sectionals.
It is actually just the second Angola varsity boys basketball team with a losing record since 1995.
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